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Honduran government to appoint prosecutors for anti-crime operations

Tegucigalpa, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General's Office of Honduras will designate magistrates and other personnel as requested by the National Police, Armed Forces, and Military Police of Public Order for anti-crime operations.

This was agreed during the celebration of the most recent National Defense and Security Council, presided over by President Xiomara Castro, in which the radical actions of the solution plan against crime in Honduras were presented.

Attorney General of Honduras Johel Zelaya explained that the Ministry of Public Security and the National Police will coordinate this plan for radical solutions against crime in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, and the Military Police of Public Order.

During the meeting, the President ordered all instances to plan and execute urgent interventions in all the municipalities of the country identified with the highest incidence of crimes of contract killings, drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, among other transgressions committed by maras (gangs) or organized crime.

The order was also given to immediately build an emergency detention center with a capacity for 20 thousand prisoners in the depopulated area between the departments of Olancho and Gracias a Dios, where prisoners currently confined in the national penitentiary system will be transferred to be processed for the crimes mentioned above.

The authorities will also control and recover order in the physical spaces taken over by criminal structures in colonies and neighborhoods, and in the areas that represent the highest criminal incidence. In addition, they called to intensify the investigation and operations for the location, eradication, securing, and destruction of Coca leaf plantations, marijuana, and drug and prohibited substance processing centers.

The president of the National Congress of Honduras, Luis Redondo, announced that the legislative branch must reform the penal code so that members of gangs, and organized crime bands who commit crimes of contract killing, drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, arms trafficking, and other crimes should be classified as terrorists.